A Wolverhampton man has admitted brutally beating to death his partner’s two-year-old son.
Little Jeremiah Regis-Ngawah died from peritonitis after suffering a traumatic blow to his stomach inflicted by Chevaze Sanchez McGregor (below).
The toddler’s mother, Sindyann Laverne Regis, aged 26, (below) had already pleaded to allowing the death of her son at an earlier hearing.
At the time of his death in November 2016, Jeremiah, aged two-and-a-half, was also found to have suffered a catalogue of injuries, including a fractured skull and ribs, injuries to his arms and legs and a bite mark to his chest.
Thirty-year-old McGregor today (Wednesday 7 June) pleaded guilty to murdering the toddler at Birmingham Crown Court.
Jeremiah, described as a ‘little smiler’ had suffered at McGregor’s hands since he renewed a relationship with his mother in 2016, after she moved to Wolverhampton from London.
The court heard McGregor used physical chastisement to ‘toughen children up’ and used his fists and items such as a belt and a rod to discipline Jeremiah and three other children who he had contact with.
On the day of his death, Jeremiah was rushed to hospital, after collapsing at his home in High Street, Wednesfield on 20 November 2016.
His mother knocked on neighbours’ doors at the flats where she lived claiming her son was unwell and had been sick.
An ambulance was called and McGregor went to hospital with Jeremiah claiming to be his stepdad, with Regis following later.
Despite frantic efforts by medical staff, Jeremiah was pronounced dead.
Doctors who examined the toddler became suspicious of the injuries and other marks covering his body and police were called.
Jeremiah’s mother and partner were arrested and later charged in connection with his death. A post mortem examination has shown Jeremiah died from peritonitis as a result of blunt force trauma to his abdomen.
Detective Inspector Warren Hines, from the force’s homicide team, said: “The death of one so young is always tragic, but it’s horrifying to think of the amount of violence and suffering this child must have endured in the hands of someone he should have been able to trust.
“McGregor was a controlling, manipulative and violent individual. He believed in chastising children physically and used a belt, a rod and his fists to cause the terrible injuries to Jeremiah.
“We believe the fatal assault was inflicted a couple of days before and Jeremiah was left in agony until he succumbed to peritonitis. Evidence shows that Jeremiah had defensive wounds to his hands and arms, which shows he tried to shield himself from the beatings.”
DI Hines added: “Evidence shows McGregor was prone to bouts of extreme loss of temper. Sindyann must have known what was happening, we have been told Jeremiah whimpered when McGregor was around and yet she allowed him sole charge and discipline of the toddler.
“Parents are duty bound to care for children and to nurture them into adulthood. The home should be a sanctuary of safety, reassurance and happiness, not a place where they are brutalised and beaten. Jeremiah must have spent his short life absolutely terrified.”
Both will be sentenced at a later date.
Source:: West Midlands Police News